Nancy Goldsmith-Perry has retired from being a certified athletic trainer after 33 years of working with Laramie High School.

Goldsmith-Perry originally resigned in January to give ample time for the school to find an adequate replacement.

“I just thought it was time for somebody else to come in and take the position. There’s a lot of hours and along with my teaching position, it was getting a little bit too much for me,” Goldsmith-Perry said.

Over Goldsmith-Perry’s 33 years, she had helped every sport at LHS from dance to swimming to football working with both girl and boy events.

Thanks to Goldsmith-Perry, LHS’s athletic teams over the last 33 years have been able to keep in better shape and heal faster from injuries.

As an athletic trainer, Goldsmith-Perry had to go to every teams practice and competition to help the athletes prevent injuries but also to help the athletes if they became injured. She also kept records of all of the athlete’s injuries and wrote doctors notes and notes to parents to make sure that the athletes never became more injured than they were.

Since there are so many fewer hours with only teaching Individual/Dual Sports and Advanced PE, Goldsmith-Perry can spend more time on herself.

“I’m feeling more relaxed. I feel like I can take more time with my students,” Goldsmith-Perry said. “I don’t feel like I’m in as much of a hurry. I don’t have as long hours so I can be with family a little bit more.”

Her biggest hope is that the new athletic trainer can take care of the athletes as well as she has.

She misses not being able to be with the teams anymore and going to all the different schools. Over the 33 years, she has made many connections with other coaches, trainers and students, and has been able to go all over the state and won’t be able to do that anymore.

Reminiscing over her years, Goldsmith-Perry realized that overall, being an athletic trainer was pretty great.

“[My favorite part of being an athletic trainer was] getting to know [the students] them and seeing I could make a difference in their athletic performance,” Goldsmith-Perry said. “And helping them do something they love.”

Goldsmith-Perry mentioned how whenever people ask what she does in her newly found free time, she notices how little of it she really does have and is surprised that she accomplished so much in such little time.

Goldsmith-Perry will still be in the stands at LHS home competitions for all sports and reading about them in the paper even though she is no longer directly helping all LHS’s athletes.

Miranda Zamora with Premier Bone and Joint has taken over the athletic trainer position at LHS.

Zamora has also created a Sports Medicine Club to help more LHS students get involved with learning to treat athletic injuries, taping, and assisting the athletic training staff for other LHS students.